2023-12-06

2023-12-06 E-Edition

Ave Maria’s Veterans Memorial rise tall with community backing



A collaborative effort involving various segments of the Ave Maria community came together to bring the new veterans memorial to life. Children enthusiastically donated spare change to the to the Ave Maria Veterans Association’s (AMVA) during community-wide events. A total of 440 town residents proudly displayed the American flag in front of their homes or generously purchased flags for neighbors […]

Ave Maria’s Ninth Consecutive Sand Dollar Award for Community Excellence



Ave Maria continued its reign as the region’s top community, earning a ninth consecutive Sand Dollar Award from the Collier Building Industry Association in October. Recognizing the town and developer Barron Collier Companies, the coveted Community of the Year trophy, in the category of homes priced under $500,000, was determined by an independent panel of industry experts who evaluated home […]

ALL AROUND AVE MARIA

Dates and details are subject to change. Call the Ave Maria New Home & Welcome Center at 239-352-3903 for more information. Follow Town Center businesses on social media for updates and special promotions. ¦ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Ave Maria Marathon On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., experience a day of fitness and fun! Athletes of […]

Steinbeck Way, Ave Maria’s Homegrown Rock Band

REAL STORIES OF AVE MARIA


Being in a band takes on a unique beauty as you age, a truth realized by the members of Ave Maria’s Steinbeck Way. Wisdom and maturity naturally temper the ego and irrationality of youth when you hit ages 50 and 60. Forget overcrowded garages; as homeowners on Steinbeck Way in Ave Maria, their practice space is now a much nicer […]

Fun Unfolds at the Annual Fall Festival

BIG KINDS OF SMALL TOWN FUN

Ave Maria residents enjoyed a day filled with festivities at the annual Fall Festival hosted by the Ave Maria Master Association on Saturday, October 22. The event featured vendors and crafters, live music, an obstacle course, pumpkin painting, food trucks, a petting zoo, pony rides, and more, providing a fun-filled day for the community.

Unearthing Our Forgotten History: Ave Maria’s Fort Doane



Nestled in eastern Collier County, Ave Maria’s stunning landscapes and vibrant communities have become sanctuary for many of Florida’s most notable animals and native plants, and with thousands of acres of preserves surrounding Town, a historic past remains protected in the area’s mix of royal palms and swamps. Located west of Town is the site of Fort Doane, a former […]

Dance Academy Embraces New Direction



In August, Maple Ridge residents Okkie and Charl Van Wyk purchased the Town Center’s Ave Maria Dance Academy and have been setting the place abuzz for the past three months with strategic renovations, a fresh slate of instructors, expanded class offerings and numerous plans for the future. According to Okkie, this labor of love came to pass in large part […]

Spooktacular Fun at Trunk-or-Treat

On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m., Ave Maria came alive with Halloween fervor as community members donned their favorite costumes, toting treat bags for an evening of candy, games, and a spirited costume contest in the Ave Maria Town Center. The event, known as Trunk-or-Treat, featured themed live music, a DJ setting the vibe, delicious food and […]

Wheels of Resilience: Ave Maria’s Bike Club



Bicycles are ubiquitous in Ave Maria, seamlessly blending into the landscape alongside palm trees and pickleball courts, serving various purposes from basic transportation to recreation and exercise. Paul Klempert, 71-year-old founder of the Ave Maria Bike Club, sat outside The Bean in late October, reflecting on the early days of the Bike Club, previously known as Flat Tyres. “People are […]